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Tue., Sept. 4, 2012, 1 p.m.

Motorized users sue to drive through Great Burn wilderness study area

In the backcountry south of Superior, Mont., Upper Siamese Lake snugs against the Idaho border in the Lolo National Forest along the Stateline Trail. The lake is within an area proposed for designation as the Great Burn Wilderness.  The wildflower in the foreground is yellow buckwheat. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
In the backcountry south of Superior, Mont., Upper Siamese Lake snugs against the Idaho border in the Lolo National Forest along the Stateline Trail. The lake is within an area proposed for designation as the Great Burn Wilderness. The wildflower in the foreground is yellow buckwheat. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Blue Ribbon Coalition and the Idaho Snowmobile Association filed a lawsuit against the Clearwater National Forest for its travel plan that bans motorcycles, off-road vehicles, snowmobiles and mountain bikes in the Great Burn wilderness study area on the Idaho-Montana border, according to a story by the Idaho Statesman.


“Only Congress can designate wilderness. We cannot stand idly by and watch them change the long-established system for managing these treasured lands.”

--Sandra Mitchell, public lands director of the Idaho State Snowmobile Association.

“I see this as full frontal assault on wilderness. They are making essentially the argument that the Forest Service doesn’t have the power to protect wilderness character as a multiple use of public lands”

--Brad Brooks, deputy regional director of the Wilderness Society in Boise.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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